Kamehameha SchoolsStar-Bulletin staff
to build Big Island
campus at Keaau
Bishop Estate says it will build a Kamehameha Schools campus at Keaau on the Big Island.
Interim trustees said yesterday the kindergarten-through-grade 12 school will be constructed on 300 acres of land to be purchased from W.H. Shipman Ltd. for an undisclosed price.
Groundbreaking is set for mid-2000. The school is expected to open in fall 2001.
Keaau is well suited for expanding Kamehameha's college preparatory program, said Kamehameha Schools President Michael Chun. The school's curriculum may include agriculture, forestry and environmental sciences.
"We see the Hawaii island resources, natural and cultural, as having tremendous potential to enrich and enhance the academic curricula at our East Hawaii campus," Chun said.
Although the estate had been negotiating with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands for a Big Island campus at Panaewa, the estate said it decided Keaau is the best site.
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